A 21-YEAR-OLD from Castle Vale is hoping to inspire others in her quest to be crowned Miss Birmingham.
Tiffany Hill was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitus when she was 16 – a condition that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon.
Prescribed to a cocktail of medications, IV drips and blood transfusions, Tiffany was eventually forced to have an operation in 2012 to help cure her condition.
Though she still believes herself to be different, Tiffany describes that she still probably won’t be seen as ‘normal’ as other people – despite the operation helping with the pain she suffers.
Tiffany is down the last 40 of the competition, which received 850 applications from girls across the whole of Birmingham.
The sales assistant told The Observer: “Whilst I was at college things were difficult for me and others struggled to understand my health problems.
“I didn’t think I’d ever get this far in the competition so I want to prove to people that I can do it.
“I’ll be making an eco dress out of recycled materials and take part in a sports and fashion round during the main event.”
Tiffany will be raising funds for ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ – a worldwide charity which provides aid to disadvantaged children all over the world.
All her efforts will fall into place at the Burlington Hotel on Sunday (March 20) at the competition final.
Tiffany said: “I’ve found my confidence again and I want others to find theirs.
“I’ve planned charity events in my area and it’d be great if plenty of local people can get behind me and show their support.”
“If I win it’d be great to raise some money and awareness for Crohns and Colitus.”
To donate to Tiffany’s cause, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for ‘Tiffany Hill Beauty With A Purpose’.